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Coschem is the abbreviated name given to the Society of Cosmetic Chemists South Africa.

We are a professional Society for Scientists and other individuals in the cosmetic and allied industries. We provide an opportunity to exchange ideas of common interest. Ultimately, we offer education and training to our individual members.

Coschem also endeavours to provide light relief during the year with social functions such as the annual golf tournament, the ladies day and the year end luncheon which brings members together to share in some fun.

Based in Johannesburg, with Juanita Kilian as the incumbent president, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists South Africa is affiliated to the IFSCC (The International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists).


  •  Promote the advancement of science and technology in the cosmetic and toiletries industry.
  • Aim to improve the scientific knowledge of the individual members.
  • Promote high ethical standards of cosmetic science.
  • Provide the means for the dissemination and interchange of knowledge pertinent to cosmetic science.
  • Encourage research in cosmetic sciences.
  •  Maintain contact and promote dialogue with relevant industry bodies.

 Council 2014

 Council Members 2014

Juanita Kilian


Chair of Seminar/ Lecture Evening Committee/ Chair of Membership Committee

Roy Gardiner


Bridget MacDonald

Secretary General

Jill Gardiner 

Education Officer

Conny Oberrauter                                       Vice President

Chair of PR Committee

Belinda van der Merwe     
Immediate Past President
Wayne van Wyk

Honorary Secretary

Chair of Scientific Committee

Council Members 2014

Allison Barty

Lyndsay Calenborne

Tiffany de Astui

Jill Gardiner

Gillian Kuhn

Kim MacCallum

Kirsten Scott

Roshelle Serpaul




P&C Review 2014 New Product Competition entries now open

Entries for the 2014 New Product Competition, hosted by Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review and sponsored by Symrise, are now open. Encouraging innovation in cosmetics and household development is one of the main drivers behind the New Product Competition (NPC), which is now in its seventh year. The aim of the competition is to give local and international brands, who supply the South African market, the opportunity to showcase their innovative new products. The NPC not only offers a platform to showcase products – launched from 1 January 2013 and up to the closing date, 16 May 2014 – but also promises vast exposure for entrants and winners. The overall winner will win a trip to in-cosmetics 2015, the leading global business platform for personal care and cosmetics ingredients. The prize includes flights, accommodation and entry into the exhibition.

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